Sun shines on the Preston’s outdoor silver screen

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Preston’s city centre was transformed into a mini-carnival arena at the weekend as thousands turned up to join in with the Family Fest Day on Saturday.

The event, staged on the Flag Market, was a free day-long extravaganza, packed full of music, merriment and magic. The family friendly event was organised by Preston BID (Business Improvement District) and the highlight of the day was a free cinema.

HAT TRICK: Magician Barrington Powell

HAT TRICK: Magician Barrington Powell

Seats were set up underneath the Harris Library and Museum and a giant screen placed on the Flag Market.

The programme included screenings of Disney’s Frozen, The Lego Movie, The Chronicles of Narnia and the original version of Willy Wonka and Chocolate Factory.

Characters from the films were wandering around the arena chatting to children and posing for photographs.

Mark Whittle, from Preston BID, said: “The event was a brilliant success with over 1,200 people enjoying our free movies across the day.

“Feedback from visitors, many from Preston, and lots from further afield, including Lancaster, Blackpool, Blackburn and even Liverpool, has been phenomenal.

“The event was our way of showcasing the city centre and its offer, while providing an additional attraction, by way of a family friendly free event.”